Shrewsbury shop supplies New York Museum

Shrewsbury antiques and collectables shop, It’s a nomad life, is delighted to have supplied The American Museum of Natural History in New York with a piece for their exhibition ‘Our Global Kitchen’.

The exhibition explores the complex and intricate food system that brings our food from its original source to consumption. It first ran in 2013 and continued as a travelling exhibition, offering a cultural and social history of food. 

It’s a nomad life provided the museum with a mask, which was included in the Celebration section of the exhibition.  The rare woven painted Maprik Yam mask, would have been worn at Harvest celebrations by the Abelam people of Papua New Guinea. Dating to the Mid-20th century, the eye catching mask has paint pigments and a distinctive hooked nose.

“It is an absolute pleasure to see an item that was once in our shop on Wyle Cop installed in a display in a museum in New York”, said business owner Sam Handbury-Madin. “I have been lucky enough to supply a number of small museums with items in the past but this is definitely the most prominent, with around 5 million visitors every year”.

The Shrewsbury shop has often been described as ‘A museum where you can buy things’ and you can see why! With a wide range of items from around the world, shoppers can find affordable museum worthy pieces to treasure.

You can visit It’s a nomad life at 14 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1XB (opposite the Lion Hotel).
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Details about the Our Global Kitchen exhibition can be found here -


Vicky Vicky

Vicky runs local antiques business It's a nomad life with her partner Sam Handbury-Madin. The shop, which moved from Wyle Cop to Green Lane in 2015, sells Tribal and Asian art and collectables from around the world. Vicky is a Shropshire lass, who moved back to Shrewsbury in 2008 after time spent in Italy, London and St. Andrews (where she studied archaeology and ancient history). She met her husband Sam on her return and they opened It's a nomad life in 2012, combining their love of travel and old things! Vicky also works as a Freelance Fundraising Consultant.

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